Having supported a total of 11.6 million jobs since it began, the furlough scheme is coming to an end on 30 September 2021. If any employees are still on furlough, here are a few things to consider before the scheme ends:
Notice – unless your furlough agreement says otherwise, there’s no minimum notice required to inform employees their period of furlough is ending and you should end any furlough agreements in writing (click here to access our template letter). Wherever possible, talk to employees as early as you can about plans for their return to work.
Planning the return – share any measures you’ve introduced to keep the workplace safe, any adjusted working arrangements introduced, and give those returning an opportunity to raise any concerns about their return. Allow employees time to adjust, think about whether refresher training is necessary, and share any wellbeing resources you have available to smooth out their integration back into the team.
Redundancy – if you’re left with no other option but to consider making redundancies when furlough support ends, following a fair and robust process is paramount. We’ve provided extensive practical insight to help you tackle the process proactively, pragmatically, and secure the right outcome for your business and your people.
Get in touch if you need advice or support on how the end to furlough will impact your business.